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Punchless Heat fall to rising Warriors

1/7/2003

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas sparked Golden State early
and then Antawn Jamison took over in the fourth quarter as the
Warriors continued their best stretch of the season.

Jamison scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and
grabbed 12 rebounds, as the Warriors won for the fifth time in six
games with a 99-85 victory over the depleted Miami Heat on Monday
night.

Arenas also scored 22 -- 18 in the first half -- as the Warriors
snapped a six-game losing streak against the Heat.

"This is a better team than a month ago,'' said Jamison.
"We're doing a phenomenal job at home and we still want to keep
that workmanlike attitude and hopefully keep stepping forward.''

The Warriors are 13-13 following a 1-6 start. They led the
entire game.

"It was just great to win a game,'' Arenas said. "The veterans
are doing a great job. They know how to hold off close games.''

Erick Dampier's three-point play with 3:14 remaining to play
gave the Warriors an 88-79 lead and they never let the Heat get
within striking distance after that. Dampier finished with 16
points and six blocked shots.

"Dampier was phenomenal defensively,'' Warriors coach Eric
Musselman said. "He clogged up the lane and blocked some key
dribble drives.''

Rookie Sean Lampley took advantage of his extended playing time
_ a season-high 31 minutes -- and scored a career-high 18 points for
Miami, which lost its third straight.

Lampley, who averaged 6.8 minutes a game before Monday, made
seven of his first nine shots. With his college coach in
attendance, California's Ben Braun, Lampley reached double figures
for the first time in his career.

"I always had confidence in myself so I wasn't shocked at the
things I was doing,'' said Lampley, who also had nine rebounds.
"It was just something I'd been doing in practice and I was happy
with the opportunity. I was displeased we couldn't get the win.''

The Heat played without two of their leading scorers as Travis
Best and Eddie Jones were both out with ankle injuries. Best was
placed on the injured list on Friday. Jones missed his second
straight game.

"We just didn't defend enough to win,'' Heat coach Pat Riley
said. "We had a lot of breakdowns. Arenas just took our guards
apart in the first half. He went by everybody.''

Brian Grant had his 14th double-double for Miami with 15 points
and 13 rebounds.

Jamison scored eight of the Warriors first 10 points in the
final period to help Golden State maintain a comfortable lead.

"I wasn't able to get into a rhythm early but then I got to the
foul line and got an easy putback,'' said Jamison. "That opened it
up for me.''

The Warriors, shooting 55 percent, scored 34 points in the first
quarter, the most the Heat have allowed in any quarter this season.

The Warriors held a 57-48 halftime advantage.

Game notes
Despite the loss, the Heat have beaten Golden State in 12
of their last 15 meetings. ... Arenas turned 21 on Monday. ...
Braun also coached Heat forward Sean Marks and Warriors guard Earl
Boykins (at Eastern Michigan) in college. ... The Warriors are 6-1
at home against the Eastern Conference. ... Golden State shot 90
percent or better from the foul line in consecutive games for the
first time this season. ... Heat guard Anthony Carter had a
season-high 10 assists against one turnover in 28 minutes.